Student First Responders Get Experience Of A Lifetime

By: Emily Johnson Email
By: Emily Johnson Email

By: Emily Johnson
December 5, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Students in the First Responder program got the experience of a lifetime this afternoon. The three students selected Zoie Bowden, Siera Das and Jordyn Lee all were able to get hands on training if a real life simulation of emergency medical situations. "I think it's just invaluable to help them make sure you know that their skills are what they need to be and also just the experience of pressured simulated situations," said Dr. Lynn Wicker, Director of Florida State University Schools.

The simulation started with students in the First Responder program getting called to a drunk driving wreck with the passenger and driver thrown out of the vehicle with the passenger in critical condition. This is the first year a simulation like this has been done in the Health Science program. Kameron Martinez, a graduate of the program, says it made him ready when it game time to work. "I didn't have the hesitation that some do going into work on a patient. I just went right in and the nurses and the managers they love that. They love seeing individuals who have this experience and who have already been doing it," said Martinez

The patients in the simulation were Southwood residents and trauma service from TFD and TPD assisted the students in the drunk driver simulation.

Two programs in the Health Science program are First Responder and Certified Nurse Assistant. Both programs require student to take and test for their certification. "We've had phenomenal pass rate on that, I believe it 100% at this point pass rate over the past couple of years and those students have been able to go out and get jobs," said Dr. Wicker.

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